The Future of Work is Human
The impact of COVID has fundamentally redesigned the work place for the better. The stigma of home working has been removed and there is a renewed emphasis on outputs over activity for activity’s sake. The time saved from commuting less and needing to be seen in the office will allow everyone to perform at their best and live a more balanced life.
The importance of Human Resources and technology working in harmony has been put front and centre. The influence that HR and business leaders more broadly can have at this junction can help businesses to recover and thrive in the next 12-24 months. An effective response now can make you stand out from your competitors and give you a lasting advantage.
Now more than ever we should be monitoring employee engagement and well-being. Post COVID there should be a substantial investment in employee engagement and training. Almost every role and function has changed. Identifying the changes, dropping the activities that add no value and recognising the potential in your workforce is beneficial on an individual basis and collectively as an organisation.
Returning to work. If your plan is to return to a full working week in the office then you are destined to go backward. Even now, potential job seekers are asking about flexible working and time spent in the office. It would be folly to not get this right and you risk losing out on new talent and not retaining your existing talent. Most surveys that I have seen have suggested that almost 75% of people wish to return to the office 2-3 days a week.
Chart a new path forward. Decide who you want to be, how you want to work and how you and your company are going to grow. We all work better when we stand for something and feel more engaged with a team if there is a common purpose. Try to embed this in to your organisation.
We all have an opportunity to re-image everything and come back stronger.